AUSTIN (KXAN) - The driver of the car that crashed into Lady Bird Lake early Sunday and left one man dead was charged Monday with intoxication manslaughter. The deceased was identified Monday as 25-year-old Jarrett Ryan Whittington.
The driver, Madeline Rackley, 25, was taken to the hospital after the incident. The intoxication manslaughter charge was announced Monday afternoon.
According to police, a 2008 silver Honda Civic was driving on East Avenue around 1:46 a.m. when it turned into a parking lot under Interstate 35 on the southbound side. The continued to a boat ramp and drove into the lake.
Two women -- the driver and the front seat passenger -- managed to escape. But Whitttington, of San Marcos, who was in the backseat, did not.
The second passenger was identified as Danielle Martinez, 25, of Austin.
Police dive teams were called in to help recover the car.
Police asked that anyone with information about the incident to call the Vehicular Homicide Unit at 512-974-6981.
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